Old Monk with Little Lights

Saturday • MOTR Pub

click to enlarge Old Monk (Photo: Avery Brooks)
Old Monk (Photo: Avery Brooks)

Brooklyn, N.Y., band Old Monk has referred to its music as “Prog Punk,” an interesting descriptor considering the two genres were diametrically opposed back in the day. It reminds me of a scene from the excellent documentary movie New York Doll, about bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane of the Proto Punk band New York Dolls, where Chrissie Hynde and Morrissey are sitting around railing against the excesses of Prog Rock and how it actually birthed Punk. However, since Morrissey is a straight-up douche anyway, the diatribe itself proved to be as pretentious as a 30-minute song by Yes from the mid-’70s about floating castles in the sky.

Old Monk does show some Prog influences in its mix, but there’s not a lot of Punk. The group is an interesting band that simply plays its own unique and airy style of Indie Pop/Rock. (On Facebook, the band’s music is described slightly more appropriately as “Happy Rock.”) 

The trio, featuring guitarist Joshua Carrafa, drummer Ian Burns and bassist Tsugumi Takashi, recently released its second album, Posing As Love, on Eenie Meenie Records. You can stream the full-length at freeoldmonk.com.

Volcanic Prisons from Old Monk on Vimeo.


OLD MONK plays a free show with Little Lights on Saturday at MOTR Pub. More info here.